Join us on Sunday afternoon, December 6, when we officially open our new exhibition on the history of boat building on City Island. Tom Nye, our president, will give a talk on the subject at 4 p.m. Don’t miss it!

Yacht and Ship Building on City Island
An Exhibition of the Historic Yachting Center of New York
On view from August 22, 2015, through May 1, 2016,yacht builders
from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

adzThis exhibition features photographs and commentary on the extraordinary period in City Island’s history when yacht and shipbuilding were at their peak. Here are all the old yards, the brilliant craftsmen who worked there, the methods of construction they used, and the famous sailing and motor yachts they produced. Also highlighted are the military vessels that were built here during the war years and the brilliant 12-meter sloops that successfully defended the America’s Cup seven times.

While you are at the museum, be sure to take special note of our beautifully refurbished School Room, which celebrates the schoolroomhistory of education on City Island with graduation photographs, old school books, artifacts (including puppets, autograph books, attendance records, and the original school bell from the top of the building), plus a reconstructed school room with old desks, a blackboard, and a penmanship alphabet chart. navel mao
Also on view is the large map of the Naval Training Station that was located in Pelham Bay Park just on the other side of the bridge from City Island in 1917 and 1918, during World War I. Newly cleaned, this unique map is accompanied by information and photographs featuring this little-known aspect of the park’s history.

Welcome to the City Island Nautical Museum museum

We are delighted to introduce you to one of the most interesting communities in New York City, City Island, a small island with a rich nautical history. Much of its colorful past is preserved in the Museum, which is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by special appointment. The Museum is open for the season with a new photo exhibition of images of water, in all its forms, taken around the world.

This web site will give you the opportunity to take a quick tour of the Museum’s interesting exhibits, some of them dedicated to City Island’s famous yacht-builders who contributed to the successful defense of the America’s Cup. Through this on-line collection, the Museum offers a sampling of the images of boats and historic views that are part of its archives, as well as graduation photographs from City Island schools and pictures of City Island life past and present.

The museum's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, thanks to Council Member James Vacca, and by the Bronx Council on the Arts through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund Regrants Program, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Delegation of the City Council.

The City Island Nautical Museum was granted a permanent charter by the Board of Regents of the New York State Board of Education on January 11, 2012. And, on the basis of a careful consideration of the history and the architecture of the building at 190 Fordham Street in which the museum is housed, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designatstep up banner photoed Public School 102 (later Public School 17, The City Island School) a landmark because of its “special character and a special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City.




The City Island Nautical Museum is operated by the City Island Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization. There is no admission fee to the Museum, which relies on donations, grants, and membership dues. All donations are tax-deductible. We welcome new members as well as contributions to our general fund and to our endowment fund. Annual membership dues are: Individual $20; Family $25; Corporate $50; Student $10. Please make checks payable to the City Island Historical Society and send to City Island Historical Society, P.O. Box 82, Bronx, NY 10464.


Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment.

The City Island Nautical Museum wishes to thank the following City Island businesses that have become Corporate Members.

AARP Chapter 318
American Legion - Leonard H.
Hawkins Post #156
Artie's Steak and Seafood
Barron's Marine Services, Inc.
City Island Beer Company
City Island Pharmacy
City Island Yacht Club
Connie's New Way Market
Consolidated Yachts, Inc.
John Douglas Forrest
Eben Hansmire
Island Boat Club
Island Insurance Agency
Charles Mandel
Seafood City
Drs. Robert Seigle and
Audell Ray
St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church
Tony's Pier Restaurant
Ultra Automotive


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